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Iran's fearless feminist director Tahmineh Milani pushes the envelope with this comedy-drama about a recently paroled woman who talks three other ex-cons into a get-rich-quick scheme. The plan involves fleecing married men who are on the make. Despite the storyline's darker implications about patriarchy in Iran, Payback "bristles with a sharp sense of humor" (Gene Siskel Film Center), particularly when the four young women turn the tables on their male counterparts. As a side note, Milani was jailed in 2001 as an anti-revolutionary because of her film The Hidden Half. While there, Milani befriended a woman with a strong sense of identity and independence. This woman inspired the main character in Payback (Tasvieh Hes). In Farsi with English subtitles.

Tahmineh Milani---Iran---2010---106 mins.